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Idyllwild Sapele Soprano Ukulele with Gig Bag
Sapele mahogany is a dense wood, with a rich tone and beautiful, variegated wood grain patterns. An ideal wood for the ukulele, sapele gives strong projection of tone with a nice punch in the mids and a bright, airy treble sound. The ukulele is a great gift for people of all ages, young and old. It is so easy to learn simple, fun songs that it is ideal for children to get excited about music. It is also great for adults who want a fun, portable instrument that doesn't take up a lot of space. Aquila™ strings are a very popular brand of string because they hold tune very well and are inexpensive to replace. The 10mm thick, padded gig bag with large accessory pouch protects your ukulele from dings and scrapes so it will stay like new for years to come.
Natural Sapele Wood: Sapele mahogany is a dense wood, with a rich tone and beautiful, variegated wood grain patterns. An ideal wood for the ukulele, sapele gives strong projection of tone with a nice punch in the mids and a bright, airy treble sound.
Genuine Aquila™ Strings: Aquila™ strings are a very popular brand of string because they hold tune very well and are inexpensive to replace.
Protection: The 10mm thick, padded gig bag with large accessory pouch protects your ukulele from dings and scrapes so it will stay like new for years to come.
Simply Beautiful | Acoustically Rich | Affordably Priced
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Questions and Answers
It arrived yesterday evening and I’m writing this as a happy buyer less than 24 hours later.
With no reviews, I didn’t have anything to go on, so it was sort of a gamble, but not the end of the world if I had to ship it back if it was a dud. Let me tell you, I’m quite impressed with this little gem!
The wood is great, putting out a clean, bright sound. It comes with Aquila strings, pretty much a standard in the ukulele world. They’re nylon and hold their tune very well. The enclosed gear tuners look and feel like the brand name ones you’d expect to find on a high-dollar stringed instrument.
The finish is much better than I expected for the price. I can’t find a flaw on it. The headstock and body have a nice satin finish that is not smooth but is pleasant to the eye and touch. The back of the neck is more finely sanded, also with a satin finish. It feels good when sliding your hand on it. The fit on the neck joint at the body is noticeably precise with no unsightly glue blobs. The engraving around the soundhole and on the headstock are classy looking, not any cheesy junk.
The frets are precisely placed with no signs of glue oozing out. The ends are nicely beveled such that you don’t even think about snagging your hand on them. The neck does not have an adjustable truss rod, so I wasn’t sure how I’d like that. The action is a nice height and I don’t think that I’ll need any adjustment to the nut or bridge. The intonation is pretty much spot on.
A word of advice to those who don’t know much about ukes, like me. I had to look up the tuning (the instrument arrived out of tune, which I expected). The standard tuning for a ukulele is G-C-E-A, with the C corresponding to middle C on the piano. I used the piano to get the strings in the ballpark and followed that with an electronic tuner. All was well until I tried fretting the G string. It was OK when played open, but went sharp at every fret. I’m thinking, aw heck, the intonation is bad, I’ll have to send this thing back. An internet search led me to the realization that there are TWO ways to tune the G. If it is a fatter string, then it tunes to the G below middle C. If it is the thinner string, the size of the A string, then it should be tuned an octave higher, the G above middle C. Once I tuned it up to the proper pitch, all was right with the world and I felt like I had stolen this little music-making box. The strings are stretching ever-so-slightly as they get broken in, but this baby holds tune very well!
I could go on, but I’ll just say, this could be the best $40 (regular price, I guess) that you could spend on something that will probably provide a lifetime of enjoyment.. I highly recommend this buy! Get one, get thee to YouTube and get it on.
PROS: Price, fit, finish, sound, tuners, straight neck.
Tons o' fun!
CONS: Are you kidding? At this price?
PROS: SO buy it already!!!
CONS: I got nothin'!!
PROS: Tone, workmanship.
CONS: None, really.
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This $30 ukulele is a gift for my two-year-old son to get accustomed to playing a guitar and I couldn't be happier.
In fact it sounds wonderful great and way more than I would expect for $30. I have spent $30 on a case in the past so this is an excellent value and I would not hesitate to purchase one. I'm thinking about purchasing an acoustic guitar .
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